ATLANTA, GEORGIA—United States States Women’s Soccer Team (USWNT) member Lindsey Horan and Washington Spirit’s Trinity Rodman were named as the U.S. Soccer’s top female players for 2021 on Thursday.
Horan got the award for the senior award for U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year while Rodman took the U.S. Soccer’s Young Female Player of the Year for 2021.
She got the senior player award after earning 36% of the overall vote, followed by Carli Lloyd (29%) and Rose Lavelle (19%).
The mainstay UMWNT member had a solid year for both club and country, including a bronze medal-winning performance at the Tokyo Olympics.
The 27-year-old Horan finished the year tied for second in assists (5) and fourth in goals (6) for the USWNT, including a goal and an assist during the Olympics. But she was thrust into more of a defensive midfielder role due to the injury of Julie Ertz, and Horan played in all six games of the tournament, starting five.
Rodman for her part also had a solid 2021 soccer campaign.
For Rodman, the award caps off a sensational debut season in which she became the youngest player to be drafted into the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) at age 18, going No. 2 overall.
Rodman, the daughter of NBA great Dennis Rodman, had enrolled in Washington State University but decided to go pro before ever playing a college game. When she joined the Washington Spirit, she found herself at a club marred by dysfunction off the field — but she thrived regardless, solidifying herself as a go-to starter and leading the Spirit to win the NWSL Championship.
Rodman made a instant impact, scoring in her debut in the NWSL Challenge Cup, and continued her good form. Her combined seven goals and seven assists in all competitions led the league, and she was named NWSL Rookie of the Year.